Gary Morton


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Original Name Morton Goldaper
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 30 Mar 1999 (aged 74)
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 5520 View Source

Comedian, Producer. Born Morton Goldaper, he was best known as the second husband of entertainment icon Lucille Ball. Morton became a popular nightclub comedian in New York, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas and the Borscht Belt, before his marriage to Lucy in 1961, brought him to Hollywood and television. His first involvement with Lucy's career came not long after their wedding, when he took on the job as a comedian on "The Lucy Show" in 1962. When Desi Arnaz stepped down as executive producer of "The Lucy Show" Lucy took over Desilu Productions and Morton became a production consultant on the series. In 1967, Desilu Productions was sold to Paramount and the couple formed the new company Lucille Ball Productions, with Morton as vice president. As executive producer, he produced "Here's Lucy" from 1968 to 1974 and Lucy's final TV series "Life With Lucy" in 1986. He also produced several Lucille Ball television specials as well as the TV movies "Bungle Abbey" (1981) and "Sentimental" (1984). For motion pictures, he was executive producer for the film "All the Right Moves" (1983). He died at age 74 in Palm Springs, California.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Added: 23 May 1999
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gary Morton (19 Dec 1924–30 Mar 1999), Find a Grave Memorial ID 5520, ; Maintained by Find a Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.